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Suspect, victim identified in fatal Rock County shooting


PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP (WKOW) -- The Rock County Sheriff's Office says the victim and suspect in a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday morning are neighbors.

The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Christine M. Gestrich. The suspect, who authorities say remains hospitalized at UW Hospital, has been identified as 75-year-old Daniel F. Bellard. Both live on West Stuart Road.

A news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office says when deputies arrived at the home on the 6700 block of West Stuart Road, they encountered thick fog and limited visibility. They heard one gunshot shortly after getting on scene.

After searching the property, deputies found a dead woman inside a barn. The suspect was located shortly after in another outbuilding with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound, according to the Rock Co. Sheriff's Office.

An autopsy is scheduled for Gestrich Thursday. The investigation is ongoing.

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